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Cave Exploration - Lofthellir in North Iceland - ST24

Explore an underground world of ice wonders


caving tour north iceland
caving tour north iceland
caving tour north iceland
caving tour north iceland
caving tour north iceland

Lofthellir, a 3500 year old lava cave, is a world of ice and darkness, located in the northeastern part of Iceland near Lake Myvatn. It is about 370 metres long. You can choose whether you want to start the tour from Akureyri or the Lake Myvatn area.


From Akureyri: 26 500 ISK per person

From Myvatn: 19 500 ISK per person

Children (6-12): 50% discount


Available: daily, May 1st - Nov 15th


Departure: at 09:30 from Myvatn and at 08:00 from Akureyri

Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (from Myvatn), 6-7 hours (from Akureyri)

Minimum: 2 adults

Pick up:from Akureyri, hotel or airport pick-up can be arranged. From Myvatn pick-up at the Information Centre

Included: fully guided tour, transportation and cave exploration, equipment (helmet, headlight and rubber boots)

Bring with you: warm and preferably waterproof clothes, gloves, good hiking shoes and a water bottle

This tour is not suitable for young children, people with claustrophobia or people who are not in reasonable physical condition

There is ice and water on the floor of the cave and the temperature inside the cave is around 0°C

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Here we visit the Lofthellir Lava Cave, entering the weird world of ice and darkness which will be explored underground. Our destination is a cave that boasts the greatest natural ice sculptures currently known in an Icelandic lava cave.

We drive straight to Lake Myvatn and from there alongside the unique volcano, Hverfell, through the crater row of Ludentarborgir to the root of Mt. Hvannfell.

After a 30 minute walk across a lava field adorned by endless ropey lava, we reach the Lofthellir Lava Cave. At least one hour is spent inside the cave, observing this remarkable and some say unbelievable natural phenomenon.

We make a short stop in the village of Reykjahlið by Lake Myvatn before returning to Akureyri.

An optional stop at the Myvatn Nature Baths can be included.

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